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SUPPORTING EXCAVATIONS IN CLAY - FROM ANALYSIS TO DECISION-MAKING (2008)
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is used to calibrate a decision-making tool based on an extension of the Mobilized Strength Design (MSD) method which permits the designer an extremely simple method of predicting ground displacements during construction. This newly extended MSD approach accommodates a number of issues which are important in underground construction between in-situ walls, including: alternative base heave mechanisms suitable either for wide excavations in relatively shallow soft clay strata, or narrow excavations in relatively deep soft strata; the influence of support system stiffness in relation to the sequence of propping of the wall; and the capability of dealing with stratified ground. These developments should make it possible for a design engineer to take informed decisions on the relationship between prop spacing and ground movements, or the influence of wall stiffness, or on the need for and influence of a jet-grouted base slab, for example, without having to conduct project-specific FEA.
Keynote Lecture – 6th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground, IS-Shanghai, 2008, Vol. 1, 12-25
University of Cambridge